Here’s a note in action:
Using notes to strengthen the narrative
Improved storytelling is one of DocumentCloud’s aims, and weaving notes into a story can build a stronger narrative. For example, the Chicago Tribune recently reported details on when aides to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel became aware of facts in the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. Reporters placed notes at key points in the story to highlight portions of emails, calendar items and other documents showing when officials discussed the shooting.
Oregon Public Broadcasting also used notes to highlight phrases in potentially confusing earthquake insurance policies. By weaving notes into the story, readers could quickly view the specific contract language the story discussed.
Our work on notes and pages is leading towards improvements to our main document viewer and is part of an effort to improve overall publishing performance. Our code is open source, so if you’re a developer you can follow progress on notes, pages, and our whole platform on Github. As always, we welcome your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.